West Ham v Leicester: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

West Ham v Leicester- Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

West Ham and Leicester City meet in the Premier League on  Saturday for their final match before the winter World Cup.

West Ham v Leicester: Betting tips

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West Ham v Leicester: Predictions

West Ham v Leicester: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 31/40 with Betway
Correct score 1-2 10/1 with Midnite
First Goalscorer James Maddison 11/1 with Bet365

It’s been a season of struggle for both of these clubs, with West Ham caught in the riptide of a two-game losing run which currently places them just two points above the relegation zone. Leicester, likewise, are just about keeping their heads above the water, but unlike West Ham, they are enjoying an autumnal resurgence.

David Moyes will be licking the wounds from three successive defeats in all competitions, most recently suffering the ignominy of last-minute heartache as Michael Olise snatched a late winner at the weekend for Crystal Palace, and then coming up short to a heavily-rotated Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Cup third round.

The mood in east London is sombre, and Moyes will be under no illusions about his current job security, which is looking precarious. Indeed, fans are starting to question whether he has taken the club as far as he can, and if a new coach could bring a fresh perspective and different ideas to a side bereft of confidence.

The Leicester hierarchy could have brought out the chopping block when the chips were down earlier this season, but they have been vindicated for their decision to stick by Brendan Rodgers. The FA Cup-winning coach has swung the pendulum back in Leicester’s favour, and they are now looking up rather than over their shoulders.

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West Ham v Leicester match stats

There has been a shifting narrative on the terraces at the London Stadium that Tomas Soucek is perhaps hindering the club’s ability to play fluid, rhythmic football, given his more athletic and physical presence. But, where the towering Czech perhaps lacks a certain refinement and pace to his ball-playing repertoire, he certainly doesn’t lack any defensive grit, which is the bedrock of Moyes’ system. In fact, only Joao Palhinha (56) and Tyler Adams (49) have registered more tackles than Soucek in the Premier League this season (44). His ability to break up play will be key to stifling the likes of James Maddison.

The Leicester playmaker will travel to the capital full of confidence after recently being announced in England’s squad for the World Cup. Considered a long shot to sway Gareth Southgate’s thinking, Maddison’s form simply couldn’t be ignored — and he will want to sign off with one final flourish before travelling out to Qatar next month. West Ham tend to play a low block and congest their defensive third, so Leicester’s best route to goal may come from range, and in Maddison, they have a player who is second only to Kevin De Bruyne (19) for most goals scored from outside the area since 2017/18 (17).

West Ham v Leicester: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: West Ham 1-2 Leicester

West Ham v Leicester odds

West Ham v Leicester head-to-head

13 Feb 2022 – Leicester 2-2 West Ham – Premier League

23 Aug 2021 – West Ham 4-1 Leicester – Premier League

11 Apr 2021 – West Ham 3-2 Leicester – Premier League

04 Oct 2020 – Leicester 0-3 West Ham – Premier League

22 Jan 2020 – Leicester 4-1 West Ham – Premier League

The last time these sides met at the London Stadium, West Ham ran away with things. Already a goal up through Pablo Fornals, Leicester’s chances of a comeback took a significant dent after a moment of self-sabotage from Ayoze Perez, who got sent off on the stroke of half-time. The Hammers duly capitalised on their numerical advantage and won the games with further goals from Said Benrahma and a Michail Antonio brace.


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